San Francisco has experienced an uprise in auto burglaries in 2015. As of the first two months of this year alone, auto burglaries were up an astounding 49%. Many collision repair centers in the San Francisco area have reported up to 80% of business and as many as 10 cars a day are arriving due to the burglaries. So what can you do to eliminate and auto burglary risk?
Tips to help protect your car from burglary risk:
Install stereo face plates. If your stereo does not have a face plate it has zero value on the black market. By all means store them in your glove box, under the seat…out of site.
The Club: We’ve all seen it. And maybe you even passed by that car thinking “wow” how extreme. However, driving away with a car that has the club installed is no easy task. Yes, if the thief is desperate enough, they can cut the steering wheel adverting this technology – but that takes precious time…something a thief generally does not have.
Hood Ornaments: Steer clear. Really, you might ask yourself? Well, most cars do not have these anymore. And quite frankly that is a good thing for the consumer. Odds are if you did it would get ripped off eventually.
Keep valuables in your trunk: Most experienced thieves don’t spend the time to pop the trunk. A typical auto bandit will only spend 20 seconds looting your valuables.
Expensive Cars: Believe it or not, the typical thief will actually avoid an expensive vehicle for fear that a fancy, schmancy car alarm has been installed.
Car Alarms: Speaking of car alarms. Yes, you can spend the extra buck or two for all the bells and whistles, or perhaps you can install a little blinking light on your dash and pocket the saved cash in doing so. These blinking lights deter most.
Nothing in your car: Obvious one here folks. If there is nothing in your car…odds are the auto thief will move on to the next target.
Parking Locations: This can be key, especially in the hoping San Francisco district. Utilize large parking lots. They offer better lighting and usually more pedestrian activity deterring a break in.
With all that being said, walk away with at least two things here – It only takes 20 seconds to become the next auto burglary victim and lighting is your best friend!